in the centre
of waterfront

Takutai Square.

Takutai Square

Britomart’s central public space features a generous lawn and the artwork Te Rou Kai, a fountain with 16 sculptural stones beside it that refers to how this foreshore area was once an important source of kaimoana for early Māori. It is by Chaz Doherty (Ngai Tuhoe), Renata Blair (Ngāti Whātua) and Bernard Makoare (Ngāti Whātua, Te Uri o Hau, Te Waiariki, Te Taikūtae). The intermittent pops of the fountain represent the squirting action of the shellfish that would once have been harvested from here.